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5 Household Budget Templates That Will Help If You Actually Stick With It

Bob Lotich | Posted 08.21.2014 | Money
Bob Lotich

If you are like many, the challenging economy has caused us to take a look at our personal finances and consider making a budget. Good news! Budgeting doesn't have to be painful!

McConnell's Reconciliation

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm using the word "reconciliation" in a very specific rules-of-the-Senate fashion. Because McConnell just revealed to Politico how he intends to govern, should his party take control of the Senate in November -- and it appears that the previously-arcane "budget reconciliation" maneuver will figure heavily in his playbook.

The Entitlement of the Very Rich

Dean Baker | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Last week we got another opportunity to see the thinking of the very rich when Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, complained at a summit with African heads of state and business leaders that there is even an argument over the reauthorization of Export-Import Bank.

Exhibit A of the Guantanamo Failure Resumes This Week

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It remains to be seen how involved the U.S. will get in this latest war in Iraq, and the price tag that will come with it. But the uncertainties of costly new wars makes it even more important that we clean up the mess of the old one.

Inflation Hawks: The Job Killers at the Fed

Dean Baker | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Many in the financial industry couldn't care less about unemployment. They don't want to risk any inflation that could erode the value of their wealth. Their voices are being heard at the top levels of the Fed. It is essential that the broader public get involved in this debate as well.

Why Sports Stars Crash and Burn Within 5 Years of Retirement.

Natalie Pace | Posted 08.05.2014 | Money
Natalie Pace

We've heard about the most spectacular falls -- such as Mike Tyson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar -- but, unfortunately, this sad outcome is far from rare.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Budget Chair: Climate Costs Are Too Damn High!

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, sent a strongly worded letter to her colleagues on Friday urging them...

Illinois is a "Sinkhole State" says new report

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.01.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A new report from Truth in Accounting calls Illinois a financial "Sinkhole State" and says it has the second-worst taxpayer burden in the country. T...

Europe on a Budget Never Looked So Good

trivago | Posted 08.01.2014 | Travel
trivago

These six ultra-trendy and budget-friendly finds in some of the most exciting cities in Europe will make your next vacation one for the scrapbook.

Entrepreneurs Today Don't Need a Big Budget to Start

Marty Zwilling | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

It wasn't so many years ago that starting a new e-commerce business on the Internet was a complex custom development project, usually costing a million dollars or more. Now you can do it for free.

5 Rules for Professional Chic On a Budget!

Susie Moore | Posted 07.23.2014 | Style
Susie Moore

There is no reason to ever have credit card debit for clothes. Ever. Living in New York, I was astounded at people who shop with money they don't have for expensive fashion items they don't need. In your blazer, heels, pearls and stilettos, you will look effortlessly chic.

Is the 2015 Chicago Public Schools budget based on a "gimmick?"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Q: What's 14 months long and lasts 365 days? A: The Chicago Public Schools 2015 fiscal year. That's no joke. It's the gist of a report from fiscal w...

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Yet Again: Review of Dead Men Ruling

Dean Baker | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Dean Baker

Gene Steuerle is not a standard right-winger who believes that a dollar in the pocket of a middle class or poor person is a dollar that could be in the pockets of the rich. He is a serious budget analyst who has does important work on tax and budget issues for more than three decades.

Poll shows voters are excited about Rauner's economic plan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released his ideas for a plan to fix the state's out-of-whack budget July 17. In it, Rauner a...

4 Weddings in 4 States for Less Than $2,200

Credit.com | Posted 07.18.2014 | Weddings
Credit.com

My husband and I received four wedding invitations for this summer, and we knew we wanted to do everything we could to attend each one. With some strategic saving, budget adjustments and frugal choices, we'll be able to enjoy them for less than $2,200.

Should Bruce Rauner Share an Illinois State Budget Proposal?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This is the hottest, smartest and most entertaining online debate you'll find about the 2014 race for Illinois governor.

How Kansas and California Debunked the GOP's Tax Cuts Argument

Carl Gibson | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

The Paul Ryans of America have lost the bet fair and square. The tax cuts experiment has had plenty of time to show results, but the only people whose economic situations have improved since the Bush tax cuts are the wealthiest 1 percent of society.

House GOP's IRS Budget Cuts: A Field Day for Tax Cheats

Chuck Marr | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

When it considers IRS funding, the Senate should take a stronger stand for honest taxpayers by rejecting all cuts and giving the IRS the resources it needs to do its job. The president should accept no less.

New CBO Long-Term Budget Projections Tell Familiar Story

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

The Congressional Budget Office's new long-term budget projections, released today, are very similar to those that CBO published in September 2013 and to ones that we released in May 2014. They show that the nation's fiscal outlook is stable for the rest of this decade and then worsens gradually.

Hope Fades For Drama-Free Passage Of Spending Bills

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

By Annika McGinnis and David Lawder WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) - This year was supposed to be different for Congress. ...

'How I Cut My Food Budget $600 In 6 Months'

Credit.com | Posted 07.11.2014 | Money
Credit.com

I opened up my budget tracking tool last November and my jaw dropped -- I had spent $1,200 on food that month. That's when I knew I had to make a change.

Modern Hostels -- They Do Exist! -- For The Low-Budget, High-Style Traveler

Oyster | Posted 07.11.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Forget no-frills lodging; today's new brand of hostels offers cool decor and plenty of perks. Sounds too good to be true? Well, we've got the scoop on hostels that pack a wow factor with upscale amenities, contemporary comforts, prime locations, and good food.

Finding and Renting an Apartment in Europe

Andy Steves | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Andy Steves

There are two routes you can choose from when you are looking for an apartment in Europe. You can use a direct booking website or you can go through a rental agency.

20 Ways To Waste Less Food

Dannii Martin | Posted 07.08.2014 | Taste
Dannii Martin

It goes without saying that wasting that much food is going to put a big dent in your food budget, so if you are getting healthy on a budget, then lowering your food waste is something you should really try and focus on.

Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

Randal O'Toole | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Randal O'Toole

The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall.